Houghton, MI Ship Hits Bridge, Apr 1905

Houghton, Hancock MICH Bridge wreck 4-15-1905.jpg

WENT DOWN AT HIS POST.

BRAVERY OF A BRIDGE ENGINEER SAVES A DOZEN CHILDREN FROM DEATH OR WOUNDS.

Houghton, Mich., April 17. -- The steamer Northern Wave crashed squarely into the draw of Portage Lake bridge, heaving the entire draw, weighing several hundred tons, off its base and upon its side. SAM HARTMAN, engineer of the bridge, seeing a collision was inevitable drove a dozen children off the draw just in time to save their lives, the engineer going down with the bridge himself, but escaping with only with slight bruises.
As a result of the wrecking of this bridge four railroads and the interurban street car line are cut and the northern part of the copper district with a population of 60,000 has no connection with the rest of the state.

Waterloo Daily Reporter Iowa 1905-04-17